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Introducing grass-fed beef into my diet for the first time in my life! QUESTIONS!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 11, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Hi All,

In short, male 29-years old, had lifelong bloating and digestion issue but nothing major until about 5 years ago when I started getting much worse, likely due to caffeine and pre-workout supplements and years of yo-yo dieting. I started with going gluten free, then slowly made my way towards mostly-Paleo, and over the last year thought that I was doing okay on a diet on mainly steamed veggies, meat, and fat. I was consuming broccoli + cauliflower at almost every meal and didn???t realize until recently how much this could have been stalling my progress. I felt much better than I did over the years when things were pretty bad, but still had digestion issues and itching near my rectal area from the yeast most nights, constant bloating and alternating moods, joint/bones pains, among other more minor symptoms..

So about a month ago I eliminated FODMAPS, and found that I had digestion issues with all the veggies I had been living on (onions, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, etc). And since then I've moved onto the autoimmunity protocol and have great success over the past 3 weeks - much more regular digestion, better sleep, more energy, less bone/muscle pain, etc.

For the past week 100% of my meals have been simply dark green salad greens/cucumbers (and herbs such as chives, coriander, and thyme) + chicken/turkey/occasional wild fish + 2-3 TBSP of olive oil + sea salt. I had been using coconut oil exclusively for the past year (4-7 TBSP daily), but after eliminating it recently and reintroducing I noticed that it made me feel anxious and nervous, and since I had been eating it for so long I think that I started to believe this anxiety that I felt mostly at work or in social settings was just part of my personality, lol So it???s great to feel much more relaxed and calm lately.

So my question for you all: I've accepted that this major elimination of foods and vegetables may not be temporary as I've always hoped, and perhaps I will continue to eat a limited diet the rest of my life. I have no issues with this if it means being in good health and happiness. I hope to be able to reintroduce some more vegetables in the future, but given my past history, my body seems to not prefer any of those foods anymore. I've grown up on chicken breast, and only recently have started eating occasional lamb and turkey to add variety. But I can't take a multivitamin since every brand I've tried makes me feel sick, nauseous for the entire day, and I was getting worried about a lack of nutrients/vitamins that could occur over some time. For this reason, I was considering introducing grass-fed beef into my diet. I've avoided it my whole life due to religious reasons (I am not very religious, and mainly follow these values from my daily), but I now feel as though accepting this new way of life, and making the most of it will be the most beneficial for my health and recovery. For that reason, I plan of consuming grass-fed beef tonight for the first time ever!

Have any of you similarly gone a lifetime without beef, and then introduced it into your diet with success? Are there any pointers or issues I should be aware of? Mentally I'm ready to sit down and eat beef for dinner tonight, but in the back of my mind I can hear stories about non-meat eaters who ate their first piece of meat, and were sick of threw up. I'm not particularly worried about that as I just had Octopus for the first time yesterday and had no reactions :) Should I be concerned with getting too much omega 3's from beef? Too much omega 3 from fish oil or salmon makes me dizzy, and I wasn't sure how concentrated it is in beef.

Could any of you beef specialists please give me some tips as to how to best get started with consuming beef? :) Which cuts would you recommend for similar leanness to chicken breast? I like the idea of consuming animal fat now since grass-fed beef has an awesome omega3:6 ratio. Also, would you recommend that I never consume conventional grain fed beef? Or maybe in some time after my body has adjusted to the grass fed beef?

I should mention part of my concern with getting the right nutrients on this diet is also to due to the fact that I'm unable to consume bone broth beaches to the glutamic acid and how it triggers an MSG type reaction for me, similar to l-glutamine. Stevia and fish oil both immediately reduce my blood pressure and make me feel dizzy, so those have been eliminated as well.

I'm eagerly looking forward to your feedback! Thank you!

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on January 21, 2013
at 07:23 PM

Thanks for the reply - I've been eating pretty much beef as my main source of meat for the last few weeks and I'm loving it. I buy from Whole Foods and also just received my first order from www.uswellnessmeats.com - loving their beef tallow!

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on January 11, 2013
at 01:34 PM

5 years of health issues can only be summarized so much, I'll let you know when the book is ready ;)

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on January 11, 2013
at 01:32 PM

So far I'm doing well with digesting grass fed beef, but will keep this in mind - thanks!

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on January 11, 2013
at 01:31 PM

Awesome advice - thanks! Had my first taste of 90/10 ground beef of last night and loved it! Perhaps will try a steak tonight with the recipe you suggested :)

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on January 11, 2013
at 12:01 PM

There are also stories of non-meat eaters eating a steak and having an incredible rush of energy and feeling absolutely wonderful, better then they have felt in years. I think the reaction is a "your milage may very" thing, and somewhat dependent on your mental state.

A flavorful, low fat cut is filet mignon. It is also possible to eat more rare then many of the other low fat cuts. Many people find rare more digestible, and there are some nutrients in it that denature in heat.

But don't be afraid of fat. You will not get that much omega-3 from beef, the total PUFA is rather low. And the fat adds flavor. Maybe look for a sirloin or ribeye.

For grass fed steaks, cook on a hot, but not screaming hot, pan. Conventional beef does well with a really hot pan, but it toughens grass fed a bit. I aim for 6 min on a side with my 1" thick ribeye, and still cool in the middle. That is just above med on my stove while using my cast iron pan. For conventional I am for the same level of doneness with 3 min on a side. I find it tastes better, and browns better, if I take the steak out of the package in the morning and wrap it in a tea towel (not terry or paper, they leave stuff behind) in the fridge all day, it dries it a bit and concentrates the flavors.

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on January 11, 2013
at 01:31 PM

Awesome advice - thanks! Had my first taste of 90/10 ground beef of last night and loved it! Perhaps will try a steak tonight with the recipe you suggested :)

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on January 11, 2013
at 12:21 AM

Ha I like how it starts with "In short" followed by an essay. Eat beef, all kinds, FATTY cuts, only raw if you know where it came from (grassfed, cleanly processed, etc)

...don't worry so much, just eat healthy, enjoy and you will be fine

75bf87379aa119821e3f6f4115f1145a

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on January 11, 2013
at 01:34 PM

5 years of health issues can only be summarized so much, I'll let you know when the book is ready ;)

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on January 11, 2013
at 12:56 AM

If you find that you're having problems digesting beef, you may have low stomach acid. In that case, taking HLC (Hydrochloric Acid) tablets for a while may "kick start" acid production. You'd take one tablet about 10 min before eating. The burn should stop after you eat.

If that does not do the trick, increase to two tablets before the next meal. You can increase again but once you feel a slight burn in your tummy, then stop and go back the previous dose the next meal. Continue with that dose ongoing for a month or so. Then, start cutting dosage back to see if you can do without them.

I lost my gall bladder a few years ago so I have to take HLC whenever I eat red meat or a higher fat meal.

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on January 11, 2013
at 01:32 PM

So far I'm doing well with digesting grass fed beef, but will keep this in mind - thanks!

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on January 21, 2013
at 02:46 PM

Grass fed beef is so much easier to digest. I am definitely a meat eater and I used to have indigestion constantly until I heard about grass fed beef. You should see all the different cuts there are. The La Cense Beef website has a new catalog that I just ordered from. My favorite are the grass fed steaks. Where do you get your meat from?

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on January 21, 2013
at 07:23 PM

Thanks for the reply - I've been eating pretty much beef as my main source of meat for the last few weeks and I'm loving it. I buy from Whole Foods and also just received my first order from www.uswellnessmeats.com - loving their beef tallow!

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